Despite no lead-in support and stiff competition from both “The Big Bang Theory” and TV’s top reality series “The Voice,” FOX’s series premiere of “Gotham” managed to impress in its debut.
In overnights the series pulled in 8 million viewers and a 3.2 rating in the key demo. Fox projects that rating to grow to 5.1 in Live+7 which, for its very competitive time period, is considered very healthy.
In related news, last night also saw the return of three of the most DVR’d shows on the box – “The Blacklist,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Big Bang Theory” with the latter’s ratings steady as always.
“The Blacklist” continues to impress, its premiere posting the show’s best Live+SD numbers since its series debut and up 31% from its season finale. Its rating of 3.4 is lower than the pilot’s 3.8, but its projected Live+7 results are expected to be higher (5.7 vs 5.5).
The news wasn’t as good for “Sleepy Hollow” which dropped considerably, off 43% from its debut last Fall and down 17% from its season finale. The show pulled in a 2.0 rating last night, a number that’s expected to jump to a 3.9 in Live+7 projects – that would still be down from the 5.3 rating of the pilot.
CBS’ new drama “Scorpion” scored well off the ‘Big Bang’ bump with a 3.3 rating, a 22% improvement in the timeslot. ABC’s new drama “Forever” scored a soft 1.5 rating in its preview with an L+7 rating expected to jump to 2.4, though the pilot has had a large online presence for weeks so its true numbers won’t be known for a while yet.